what we believe...

THE BIBLE: We believe that both the Old and New Testaments are God's Word, verbally inspired in all parts, and therefore without error in their entirety as originally given by God (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21). 

THE ONE TRUE GOD: We believe in the One True God who has eternally existed in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Luke 3:22; Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14). 

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST: We believe in the pre-existence and deity of Christ (John 1:1-3), His incarnation by virgin birth (John 1:14; Matthew 1:18-23), sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), substitutionary death (II Corinthians 5:21), bodily resurrection (Luke 24:36-43), ascension into heaven, present ministry (Hebrews 4:14-16), and future return (Acts 1:11). 

THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe in the personality (John 16:7-15) and deity of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4); and His work in each believer: baptism and indwelling at the moment of regeneration (I Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:9); and filling (Ephesians 5:18) to empower for Christian life and service (Ephesians 3:16; Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22-23). 

MAN: We believe in the direct creation of man in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-28), his subsequent fall into sin resulting in spiritual death (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 5:12), and the necessity of the new birth for his salvation (John 3:35). 

SALVATION: We believe in a complete and eternal salvation by God’s grace alone, received as the gift of God through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; I Peter 1:18-19). 

THE CHURCH: We believe in one true Church, the body and bride of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-32) composed of all true believers of the present age (I Corinthians 12:12-13), and the organization of its members in local churches for worship, for edification of believers, and for world-wide gospel witness, all to the glory of God (Ephesians 4:11-16). 

CHRISTIAN LIFE: We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God (I Corinthians 10:31; Hebrews 12:1-2) and the well-being of his fellow man (Romans 12:1-3); that his conduct should be blameless before the world (John 14:15, 23-24; I John 2:3-6); that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions (II Corinthians 9:6-9); and that he should seek to reach the full stature of maturity in Christ (Col. 1:9-10). We believe that the Bible defines marriage as the joining of one man and one woman in a relationship of mutual love, fidelity, and commitment that, in Christian contexts, is a spiritual as well as physical union to be blessed by God (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6). Furthermore, we believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4). Therefore, all sexual conduct outside the bounds of marriage is sin that should be acknowledged as such, resisted, and forsaken (1 Corinthians 6:9). This includes fornication, adultery, incest, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality (Leviticus 18:6-30), and polygamy (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6). We further believe that God created people as male or female (Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 139:13-16) and that the condition in which a person is born, including their gender, is determined by God (Exodus 4:11; John 9:3; Psalm 139:13). Therefore, claims of innate sexual confusion such as transvestism, transgenderism (including sex change operations), or any other behavior that obscures the biblical teachings of biological sexual identity are sins before God that should be acknowledged as such, resisted, and forsaken. 

ORDINANCES: We believe the Christian should observe the ordinances of our Lord Jesus Christ, which are the baptism of believers by immersion in the name of the triune God, and communion. *

*Our practice is (1) the baptism of believers in water by trine immersion (Matthew 28:19) and (2) communion, consisting of the washing of the saints’ feet (John 13:1-17), the Lord’s Supper (I Corinthians 11:20-22, 33-34; Jude 12), and the bread and the cup (I Corinthians 11:23-26). 

SATAN: We believe in the existence and personality of Satan (Revelation 12:1-10), his judgment (John 12:31), and final doom (Revelation 20:10). 

THE FUTURE: We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom (I Thessalonians 1:10; Revelation 19:11 – 20:6), the conscious existence of the dead (Philippians 1:21-23; Luke 16:19-31), the resurrection of the body (John 5:28-29), the judgment and reward of believers (Romans 14:10-12; II Corinthians 5:10), the judgment and condemnation of unbelievers (Revelation 20:11-15), the eternal life of the saved (John 3:16), and the eternal punishment of the unbelieving (Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:15). 

THIS STATEMENT OF FAITH does not exhaust the extent of Grace Fellowship's beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For the purposes of articulating Grace Fellowship's beliefs, doctrines, practices, policy and discipline, the elder board is Grace Fellowship's final interpretive authority on the Bible's meaning and application (II Timothy 3:16-17; Article 3, section 1; Article 4.1).